By Tanya Barrett, EWSC Coordinator
The Wendell-based Eastern Wake Senior Center offers programs and services for seniors in Wake County and surrounding areas. Educational workshops, fitness classes, individual assistance, and more are available in the coming months.
Activities are outlined below. Most require pre-registration. For more details or to register for any class or service, contact Tanya at 919.365.4248 or via email.
Eastern Wake Senior Center is located at 323 Lake Drive, in Wendell, North Carolina.
For tax help and other services around the county, Resources for Seniors of Wake County may be found online at www.rfsnc.org.
Susan McGuire, Service Coordinator with Resources for Seniors will be at East Wake Senior Center to assist any senior, disabled adult or anyone caring for someone with disabilities with programs and services available to them.
To find out about available appointment days and times, call the senior center.
Valentine Sweetheart Dance
Bring dancing shoes and have a great time at the sweetheart dance on Friday, February 3, 2017, 5-8pm. Tickets are $5 per person, and will be on sale until January 27, 2017; if tickets remain available, you may pay at the door.
Those coming to the dance are asked to bring a small crockpot of soup, chili, or stew to share. Desserts, drinks, and bread or crackers are also needed.
For those who would like to learn how to paint, instructor John Duzs will be teacing a painting class at the senior center. Join this class every Thursday from 1-4pm.
Family Services Help
Triangle Family Services offers one-on-one appointments with Joe Paradise to discuss your financial concerns. Call for an appointment. Dates are available from February 16, 2017, through March 16, 2017, between the hours of 1pm and 4pm.
Pre-Registration forms must be completed before arriving for an appointment
Fit and Strong Program
Th Fit and Strong program is designed to help participants with lower extremity osteoarthritis to improve muscle strength and promote mobility. This is an eight week, evidenced-based program which runs March 6, 2017, through April 28, 2017.
Classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:30-10am; though some dates may change due to weather or rescheduling.
Enroll for the full eight-week program. There will be special incentives if you complete the program, including a Fit and Strong Party and prizes.
Beginner Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that offers arthritis relief through slow, gentle movement. This ten week, evidence-based program is designed to help with arthritis and balance issues.
Session are held on Tuesdays, 9:25-10:10am. The first and last class, participants need to arrive early — at 8:30am — to allow time for a Pre- and Post-class Balance Assessment. Classes run March 7, 2017 through May 2, 2017.
This program is designed for beginners and taught by instructor Norma Ferrell.
Note: Advanced Tai Chi is offered on Tuesdays, 8:30-9:15am, before the Beginner class.
AARP Smart Driver™ Course
Refresh your driving skills with this class on Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12-4pm. You will learn:
- Defensive driving techniques
- Proven safety strategies
- New traffic laws and rules of the road
There are no tests to pass. Upon completion, you could receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance; check with your current car insurance company for discount questions.
Light refreshments will be served. Held at Eastern Wake Senior Center, classes are $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-members. Be prepared to pay fee to the instructor the day of the class.
AARP Driver Safety Course will be held at Eastern Wake Senior Center on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 from 12pm – 4pm. $15 for AARP members and $20 for Non Members. You will learn new traffic laws and rules of the road, safety strategies and more. Call 919-365-4248 to get signed up or for more information. Light refreshments available.
New to the Eastern Wake Senior Center this year, both Qi Infused Yoga and Spa Yoga will be offered through Wake Technical Community College. Classes are free to older adults. Each session lasts six weeks, with classes on Tuesdays, 1-2pm.
Qi Infused Yoga runs February 7, 2017, through March 14, 2017. No Yoga or Qigong experience is necessary. This style of yoga focuses on your energy and movement, designed to increase your energy, flexibility, and get you back in balance. You must attend the first class and all classes thereafter.
Spa Yoga runs March 21, 2017, through April 25, 2017. No Yoga experience is necessary. This experience is designed to help “restore, release, and refresh” using aromatherapy and essential oils. If you feel worn out and stressed out, then this may be for you. You must attend the first class and all classes thereafter.